The Meaning of the Title

Paul U. Unschuld

in Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233225
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928497 | DOI:
The Meaning of the Title

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This chapter focuses on the various views of the scholars on the association of the Nei jing with Huang Di. One of the scholars, Long Bojian, explains the association of the Nei jing with Huang Di with two arguments. First, the Nei jing emphasizes the yin–yang and the five-agents doctrines, which, according to the Shi ji, had been introduced by Zou Yan. Second, Long Bojian quotes a passage from the Huai nan zi of the second century b.c. that the ordinary people often venerate the old and despise the new. Bojian states that those who set up the Way are forced to do so under the names of Shen nong and Huang Di, and it is only then that they may enter the discourse. Wang Shuhe's equation of the Western Han Huang Di nei jing with the Su wen and the Zhen jing on the basis of an identical number of juan, eighteen, may not have been justified after all given the change in the meaning of juan between the Han and Jin dynasties.

Keywords: Nei jing; Han dynasties; Jin dynasties; Huai nan zi; Su wen; Zhen jing

Chapter.  6642 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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